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Stone hut circle 380m north-east of Leather Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Walkhampton, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.5138 / 50°30'49"N

Longitude: -4.0237 / 4°1'25"W

OS Eastings: 256616.128327

OS Northings: 70181.482782

OS Grid: SX566701

Mapcode National: GBR Q1.R47Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 27GP.VMS

Entry Name: Stone hut circle 380m north-east of Leather Tor

Scheduled Date: 21 September 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22229

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Walkhampton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

This monument includes a stone hut circle situated on a gentle east-facing
slope of Leather Tor. The structure is terraced into the hillslope and
survives as a bank 1.5m wide and standing up to 0.7m high, defining a circular
flat internal area measuring 10.7m in diameter. This structure forms an
outlying part of a small settlement situated immediately to the north.
The stone hut circle is attached to a field boundary which, although largely
of post-medieval date, probably overlies a prehistoric boundary. The length of
boundary immediately abutting the stone hut circle is included within the
scheduling, but the fossilised prehistoric field system of which it forms a
part is not included in the scheduling because it is not of national
importance.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in southern Britain and,
because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most
complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The
great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provide direct evidence
for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards.
The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites,
major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as
later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes
in the pattern of land use through time. Stone hut circles and hut settlements
were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers on Dartmoor. They mostly date
from the Bronze Age, with the earliest examples on the Moor in this building
tradition dating to about 1700 BC. The stone-based round houses consist of low
walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; remains of the turf or thatch
roof are not preserved. The huts may occur singly or in small or large groups
and may lie in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth and stone. Although
they are common on the Moor, their longevity and their relationship with other
monument types provide important information on the diversity of social
organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities. They are
particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of
surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The stone hut circle 380m north-east of Leather Tor survives comparatively
well and forms part of a widely scattered group of broadly contemporary
settlements.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX57SE147,
Gibson, A, Single Monument Class Description - Stone Hut Circles, (1987)
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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